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Future government should prioritise public health, BMA says

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 16 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5682
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The BMA has urged a prospective government to prioritise public health ahead of next year’s UK general election by taking “decisive action” on alcohol pricing and tobacco control.

In new manifesto published on 15 September1 the association set out the key areas that it believed a new government should focus on to deliver high quality patient care in the context of rising demand and unprecedented funding challenges. The paper, Four Steps to a Healthier Nation, called for the introduction of a minimum unit price of 50p for alcohol and a ban on the sale of tobacco to anyone …

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